Top Balance Trainers
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Balance trainers come in all sorts of shapes including rocker boards, wobble boards, inflatable wobble cushions and even standing desk balance boards. Today, we compare the top balance trainers available on the market.
While most balance trainers are best used for physical therapy and fitness, some users manage to implement them as part of their standing desk workstations. Sure, they may not look as attractive or provide as much real estate for your feet, but they cost a lot less and present more challenge to the young and active workers, plus you can use them in your workouts, although we’d recommend limiting their use only in the gym.
If you’re interested in exercising with your balance board, we’ve put together a list of our favorite balance board exercises.
The Best Balance Trainers
Vew-Do is a great balance training system that doubles as a stand up desk balance board. Replaceable bases lend it more versatility than any other product in its category. If you want to improve your balance, this board is definitely the best one for the task, but it may prove a bit too challenging for prolonged use at a standing desk.
The Skill Board’s progression from Wobble Cushion to the ball with varying levels of PSI to increase difficulty is great. Unfortunately, the assets that make it great for a user to improve their balance and fitness make it unsuitable for most people while working since typing, focus and mouse precision all declined while using it.
Unlike many other office balance boards, the Indo Board Standing Desk Balance Board comes in a wide array of designs and colors. You can also choose between deck shapes, but the cushion is not the most elegant solution design-wise (it has to be removed from under the board when not in use; you risk voiding your warranty if you fail to do so).
Price: $79.99, $119 list price
Size: Collapsed: 16-3/4″ x 13-1/3″ x 2-1/3″; Expanded: 23″ x 13-1/3″ x 3-3/4″
Construction: Plastic, metal, and rubber
Warranty: 2-year frame/parts Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty
Summary: Modern app-powered balance trainer with a display challenges your core through instability. Three height and difficulty levels allow for balance training and core engagement.
Price: $99.98 (color blue), $103.96 (color pink) street price, $119.99 list price
Size: 22”, 26”
Construction: Rubber and plastic
Colors: Black, Blue, Pink, Blue/Black (with only Blue and Pink available on Amazon)
Warranty: 90 Day Limited, 1 Year Limited, 2 Year Limited
Summary: BOSU designed by David Weck back in 1999 has become a go-to fitness balance trainer for many gym-goers. An improvement on the balance ball, it makes for a safer, more stable balancing surface that you can use to train your balance or to strengthen separate body parts, particularly the core.
With that said, this product, in particular, has polarizing reviews from the users. Some love it; others utterly hate it because they either had a bad customer experience upon the delivery or received an obviously defective product.
Note that a complete package includes a BOSU Balance Trainer, a pump, 4-in-1 workout DVD’s +2 workouts from the Xplode Series DVD, and an owner’s manual. Although proudly made in the USA, the above average rate of air loss and manufacturing defects seem to be the recurring issues with this product.
Size: 30” x 11.5”
Colors: Black/Blue, Black Green, Natural (Eco Series)
Warranty: 1-Year warranty against manufacturer’s defects.
Summary: If you feel like you are ready for something even more challenging or have a great interest in developing your athleticism, Revolution 101 Balance Board Trainer will surely make things interesting albeit more dangerous.
The deck comes separately from the poly-wrapped roller base, which allows a higher degree of inclination angle, hence, instability. Much like the Original Indo Board made for surfers, skateboarders, and athletes, the Revolution 101 Balance Board Trainer makes for an ultimate balance challenge.
Although the board is made of 11-ply hardwood, the roller may have some quality issues. It is advised to use the board on carpeted surface, as the hard smooth floors further increase the difficulty and level of instability.
Balance Boards for Standing Desk
To learn more about how office balance boards compare to each other and these balance trainers read our comprehensive Standing Desk Balance Board Reviews. And if you are still looking for a cheap balance board for your standing desk read our Rocker Board Comparison Reviews. Be sure to explore closely related categories of Standing Mats and Calculated Terrain Mats. Also, Subscribe to our free newsletter to receive more office fitness product reviews.